Back to Bariloche!
Bariloche Travel Blog› entry 27 of 34 › view all entries
After the drab experiences of Mendoza, we found ourselves to be delighted to be back in Bariloche! Our Posada that we are staying at is easily the nicest place we have stayed at so far - the room, the views and the food are worth the extra money we are paying-out! There are lots of families wandering around shopping in the the gloriuous sun, but it still feels very strange and not "Christmasy"! The heat is less oppressive in Bariloche (you will be pleased to know from freezing UK!) and slightly cool in the evening - much more pleasant than the last couple of weeks. It was a rubbish bus trip down from Mendoza (it was suppose to take 20 hours but was closer to 22 in the end) but it made the end destination all the more sweet.
On Christmas Eve, we wandered around Bariloche to do a bit of shopping (probably like a lot of people back in the UK - only it is about 25c warmer here!). That´s where the similarities to being back home ended though - we took a trip up the teleferico (cable chairlift) to the top of Cerro Campiano - which National Geographic rated in their "top 10 views in the world". It was breathtaking - 360 degrees of the lakes, mountains and the tiny alpine-style villages below. After the excitement of Christmas Eve Day, we headed back to enjoy a drink in our very quite accomodation!
On Christmas Day, we took the car that we had hired on a trip around the "7 Lakes" circuit and had a picnic. The scenary was stunning - although the "road" that you have to travel through was little more than a rally circuit and it took very careful driving to ensure that we didn´t cause any damage to the car! We found a fantastic spot for the picnic - there were very few people around and it was so peaceful - we did however quickly realise why this was - the huge flies that swarmed on us leaving us fleeing for the car! It was almost like a scene from a Hitchcock creation!! We found this nearly everytime we got out of the car!
In the evening we had the chef cook-up a fantastic Christmas dinner - not the "traditional" UK dinner in any way (although Chirstmas Eve is the "special" night for Argentines) but it was simply superb.
On Boxing Day (the mood ruined by Torquay´s miserable performance at Exeter in the morning!!) saw us take the "Circuito Chico", a smaller route than the gruelling "7 Lakes" trip, but certainly no less beautiful. We had a nice day but were very sad to have left the Posada (even though we booked back in November, there was no further availability!) and are now back in the centre of Bariloche to spend our last few days of our stay in Argentina.
Our next move will be into Chile - a boat crossing to Puerto Blest (for an overnight stop) and a further boat to Puerto Varas (where we will be spending New Year´s Eve) and the final 10 days of our stay in South America.